English Karate Structure - Disability Karate Federation
Disability Karate Federation - Growing participation for people with any form of disability or socio-economic disadvantage.
The D.K.F. is a resource for athletes and instructors to gather and share ideas, curriculum and other adaptive training information while promoting disability inclusion and helping to break down the stereotypes associated with disabled people through karate training.
They seek to change people's lives and to change the perceptions of what disabled people are capable of.
The Organisation is a Charity Commission (Registered Charity Number 1156581 and a Registered Charitable Company Number 08654724).
They are supported and funded by:
- Sport England
- Oxford City Council
- OXSRAD Sports Centre for Disabled People
- The Chill Out Fund
- Durham CSP
- Stafford CSP
- Kent CSP
- Essex CSP
- Oxfordshire CSP
- West Yorkshire CSP
- Community Foundations
- Deutsche Bank
- National Lottery funds
Their trustees consist of two Sports Scientists, one of whom is a disability specialist, a Special School Educationalist, the parent of a disabled child, the Professor of Psychology from Oxford University specialising in Autism in Youth and a disability workshop tutor from SportscoachUK. They are the leaders in the field of disability karate and they are rapidly growing participation in karate for disabled people. They train coaches to teach disabled people and train disability experts to teach karate.
They cater to the needs of disabled people. With them, karate Instructors will find assistance and resources for adapting their coaching. They are the experts in England on disability and inclusion coaching in Karate.
According to the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), there are eleven million disabled people in the UK. The Olympics and Paralympics have raised awareness of just how physically active disabled people can be. According to the EFDS post Olympic Games Report 8 out of 10 disabled people were considering playing more sport.
Despite this, less than 20% of disabled people are actually taking part in sport and the poll commissioned by the Sport and Recreation Alliance in late 2012 showed that 89% of sports clubs showed no change in the number of people with disabilities joining them, in the months following the Olympics.
They were founded in November 2012 in an effort to bring Karate to people with disabilities.
New members are welcomed and encouraged! They are constantly connecting with small organisations all over the world that are serving the needs of disabled people. They would like to be able to refer students to these organisations for continued support in their karate training.
Website: Disability Karate Federation